While most Mississippians are snug in their homes with family friends this holiday, others donned good Samaritan hats. Volunteers for the Salvation Army delivered up a smile, hope, compassion and turkey dinner so that the hungry and lonely were not forgotten this Thanksgiving.
An army of some 300 strong volunteered to cook, pack and serve traditional meals to the needy in the metro area at the Salvation Army headquarters Thursday morning. Sackfuls of orders were hauled to waiting trucks and vans outside the Salvation Army. Then the food was delivered to families and individuals who needed the charity of others.
Charles Pepper brought his family to help. "I always believe that it's more blessed to give than receive and to be a servant to others. It's nothing like being a part of something much greater than yourself." A giving of thanks that warms the heart and soul.
Stanley Martin and his family drove in from Wesson to make sure others were taken care of. "You may see a person that needed a smile today or needed that meal and you have an opportunity to minister today through the salvation."
This is a tradition at the Salvation Army. Thaye Haralson from Word of Truth church said she just wanted to help. "First just being able to give and see the peoples faces like when we went there. Just happy to receive the plate order. It was just good to connect with other people."
A connection that is a tradition for the Salvation Army. Captain Ken Chapman said, "Today we're feeding almost 1,200 people in Jackson. The bulk of those are shut-in's and elderly who can't get out, who are lonely. We feel like bringing not just a meal but also a little bit of hope, a hug and just let them know that somebody in this community cares for them."
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